PE Teaching Staff
Head of Department: Mr. A. Lawson
Second in Department: Miss. A. Knibbs
Teachers: Mr J. Cathcart, Mr. C. Burrows, Mrs. K. Ive, Mr R. Churchouse
PE Vision Statement
“When movement is experienced as joy, it adorns our lives, makes our days go better, and gives us something to look forward to. When movement is joyful and meaningful, it may even inspire us to do things we never thought possible”.
Sport for All
We offer a high-quality PE curriculum that enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in a broad range of physical activity. Through participation in physical activity, pupils will build on new and existing skills in order to reach their full potential. Students can study our subject at GCSE and A-Level, with many of our alumni progressing into careers within professional sport.
We help pupils develop personally, socially and physically within the PE curriculum, as well as within extra-curricular activities. They learn to work independently and as a team player, taking on different roles and responsibilities, not only as a performer but as a leader, coach and official. Through the range of experiences that PE and school sport offers, they are challenged in recreational, competitive and creative situations.
We encourage participation through enjoyable lessons and a wide range of extra-curricular activities to promote the value of a healthy, active lifestyle and help foster lifelong participation in physical activity.
Sport for All
We offer a broad range of sporting opportunities that encourage all students to engage with and enjoy regular physical activity. These opportunities range from competing in national sporting competitions to recreational lunchtime and after school clubs.
PE Kit Requirements
1. Online: www.swi.co.uk
2. Phone: 0845 519 00 99
3. Post: Sportswear International Ltd, Fairoak Lane, Whitehouse Industrial Estate, Runcorn,WA7 3DU
Please be aware that all students wishing to be excused from a PE lesson, due to illness or injury, must bring a note from home. The excused student must still change into their PE kit (unless they have a serious injury preventing them from getting changed) and take part in the lesson in roles such as a coach, umpire/referee.
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Key Stage Three and Four
All students in Year 7-11 take part in a broad national curriculum in their PE core lessons. They receive four, 60 minute high quality PE lessons spread over a two week timetable. Students work predominately in mixed ability, single sex groupings, however, occasionally there is mixed sex groupings. Assessments take place after the completion of a block of sport usually lasting the duration of one half-term. Students are given continual feedback in all lessons on how to improve, and are taught to develop their own targets for improvement.
Students in Year 9 can opt to take GCSE PE. The course lasts for three years and is ideal for students who have a love for sport and physical activity. Students have five PE GCSE lessons a fortnight, two of which are practical and three are theory lessons. The department follows the AQA syllabus which offers a comprehensive range of topics.
Key Stage Five
The course follows the AQA examining board PE specification and is focused on relating theory to sport and its impact on performance. The topics covered are:
Applied anatomy and physiology
Sport and society
Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport
Applied Physiology in which you will explore many topics including specialised training, nutrition, sports injuries, biomechanics, as well as looking in detail at how the respiratory, cardiovascular systems and energy systems function and respond to exercise.
Sports Psychology in which you will discover how the brain is behind our performance and how you can use psychological techniques to gain that extra yard
The Sociological Background and Impact of Sport. Here you will not only learn about the origins of sport but also the huge impact that sport has on society, and why it is a multi-billion pound industry. There are many fascinating topic areas including, the role of sports organisations, Â drugs in sport, hooliganism, and sport's relationship with business and the media.
Performing and Analysing your Own Sports Performance. This is the practical element where you will perform and evaluate your performance as a player or coach.
School Honours & Rewards
Students in years 10 and 11 are awarded sports ties in recognition for any outstanding contribution to school sport during their time at the school.
Students in years 7, 8, 9 are awarded “sport socks” in recognition for any outstanding contribution they have made to school sport during their time at the school.
What do I need to do to be recognised with a sports honour?
* Outstanding performances for a school team
* Outstanding improvement in performance
* High levels of attendance at extra-curricular training sessions
* Outstanding levels of effort in lessons and for school teams
* Have refereed or umpired for school and interform matches
* Assisted the PE department as a Sports Leader with lunchtime, after school clubs or primary liaison days
* Outstanding performance in sport outside the school curriculum
In the summer term we hold a PE Sports Award evening where we celebrate the successes of the year, which is one of the highlights of the school calendar.
Our extremely diverse extra-curricular sports programme is fully inclusive to cater for all our students. As a department we take part in over 300 fixtures in an academic year, with sporting activities varying according to the season. Students can take part in extra-curricular sports clubs for recreational purpose or to compete at a high level of school competition. The range of sports offered to students include: netball, rugby, boxing, football, basketball, table tennis, rounders, softball, badminton, cricket, athletics, tennis, dance, trampolining, gymnastics, fitness, cross-country and aikido.
The PE department offer a broad range of trips which enhance the students’ personal and social development.
The annual skiing trip to New Hampshire, USA is offered to Year 8-10 students and is offered to all students regardless of previous ski experience.
The PGL Netball residential to Liddington is offered to Year 8 , 9 and 10 students who regularly attend extra-curricular netball club.
The biennial netball and rugby tour is offered to students in years 11-13which have previously been to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Alongside these residential trips we organise an increasing number of sporting day trips, such as Manchester City FC, Lords Cricket Ground, Hockey Champions Trophy at London Olympic Stadium, and Wimbledon international tennis championships.
Annually we produce a Gym and Dance show which is fully supported by students, staff, parents, and friends. This is a fully inclusive show open to both boys and girls from all year groups, it is not unusual to see upwards of 150 students involved in this incredible yearly production.
Video from our rugby and netball tour to Australia and New Zealand, July 2016